Engaging with Local Governments: A Guide for Tenant Leaders

February 24, 2023

This document guides tenant leaders on how to effectively engage with their local government to advance the right to housing in their communities. It includes information on how City Councils address housing issues, and provides guidelines for tenant leaders to make submissions and deputations at City Council meetings so that they can advocate for the issues that are most important to them.  


Highlights include:

  • Advocating to city councils.
  • Looking up board and committee meetings.
  • Making a deputation.
  • Making a submission.

This guide is part of our Tenant Leaders’ Toolbox

Inside the toolbox you’ll find:

  • A toolkit on implementing the right to housing in Canada.
  • Resources on a human rights-based approach to housing, empowering communities to claim this right, and how to target your advocacy.
  • Guides on engaging with local, provincial and territorial governments, and how to make a submission to the Federal Housing Advocate
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